Joseph Collins Degreenia, agricultural attaché at the US Embassy in Brasília, shares this assessment after being part of the American delegation that explored soybean crops in the southern region of Tocantins. The mission includes Dr. Sunita Yadav-Pauletti, from the US Department of Agriculture, and Marcos Vinícius Sasso Bento, an agricultural specialist at the Embassy.
It’s my debut in Tocantins, a state with notable potential for growth in production. I highlight the surprising recovery of degraded areas converted into new soybean and corn plantations. Despite the challenges faced in this harvest, the state stands out in agricultural culture.
Before exploring the properties, the delegation visited the FAET headquarters in Palmas, where they received presentations on the FAET/Senar System and the panorama of grain production in the state. President Paulo Carneiro highlights the choice of Tocantins as an example of the attention that rural activity in the state receives, highlighting the capacity to increase production.
Tocantins is the largest grain producer in the northern region, standing out in the production of soybeans, corn and rice, representing 92% of the planted area, with soybeans leading, occupying 70% of the areas. In the 2022/2023 harvest, the state harvested 7.6 million tons.
In the southern region of Tocantins, the American delegation, led by the director of Professional Training at Senar, Luiz Cláudio Faria, disembarked to learn about different scenarios of soybean production. In Gurupi, at Fazenda Consentini, the team was impressed with the high productivity, even in an atypical year with drought. The property, in addition to conventional production, has irrigated areas for soybeans, with the expectation of harvesting around 100 bags per hectare.
At Fazenda Ipê, in Peixe, the American delegation witnessed a challenging reality. In an area of 700 hectares destined for soybean cultivation, the producer faced difficulties, having to replant soybeans three times without success in most of the area. The lack of rain led the producer, Daniel Cerri, to change strategy, allocating only 50 hectares to soybeans until the end of the harvest and converting the rest to corn cultivation. Cerri, who has been planting in the state since 2016, highlighted that this is the first time he has faced climate challenges.
The American delegation, accompanied by the director of Professional Training at Senar, Luiz Cláudio Faria, also explored the practice of crop-livestock integration during the visits. This approach represents a way to diversify the producer’s activities.
Director Luiz Claudio Faria emphasized that the visits covered different properties, from small to large, revealing both the promising potential and the challenges faced by climate variations in the state of Tocantins.
The partnership established between the American delegation and the state of Tocantins promises to be a valuable opportunity to strengthen agricultural production in the region. The climatic diversity between environments provides ideal conditions to explore American experiences in soil amendments and innovative practices, offering Tocantins significant potential for growth in agriculture. With the exchange of knowledge and based on favorable climates, this promising initiative can further boost the state’s economic and sustainable development.
From the editorial staff of Ponto Palmas l With information from FAET/SENAR
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